“Educating a New Creative Class”

Northern Ballet

Introduction

In 2020 Northern Ballet celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and impressive storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance. A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing ballet to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of 43 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at more than 40 venues annually.

"As a Leeds-based company with an international reputation, we are thrilled that this ground-breaking project is happening in the North of England, shining a light on Yorkshire’s exceptional cultural offer. The partnership opportunities with the arts organisations in both Yorkshire and New York City enable us to reach thousands more young people and open their eyes to the opportunities available in arts and culture, right on their doorstep and beyond. Northern Ballet wants everyone to experience great art and the aims of this project could not align better with this!"
Leanne Kirkham, Director of Learning, Northern Ballet

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